Only early rains could slow down Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, as they opened the final series of their homestand with a 10-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers.
A delay of one hour and 41 minutes at the outset was about all that would stand in the way of the Indians winning their fifth straight game as they breezed to a big win over the second place Tigers. Bieber set new personal bests with seven innings of scoreless work and nine strikeouts as he became just the third Indians pitcher since 1908 (Herb Score, Luis Tiant) to open his career with six strikeouts or more in his first three starts.
With one final series left to play before hitting the road for another long road trip, the Cleveland Indians will welcome the Detroit Tigers back to Progressive Field for the first time since sweeping them in four straight games back in mid-April.
The Indians (40-33) have found their winning ways again, sweeping the Chicago White Sox over the weekend for the second time at home this season. They are 4-2 on their current homestand, after dropping two of three against Minnesota to start play at Progressive Field after a long road trip. The Indians have outscored the Tigers by a 50-27 mark on the year and have posted a +47 mark in run differential this season, the fourth-best difference in the American League behind Houston, Boston, and New York.
Shane Bieber stepped in with a big spot start and his battery mate Yan Gomes cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third as the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins from downtown Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber got the call from Columbus to make a spot start for Adam Plutko, who jumped into long relief on Saturday after the Indians lost Carlos Carrasco to an injury in their 9-3 loss to the Twins. While he had a tough time keeping the Twins off of the bases, Bieber was able to keep them off of the scoreboard, helping the Tribe make four runs of offense stand up while earning their first win of their most recent homestand.
One day after taking a line drive off of his right elbow, the Cleveland Indians formally placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday morning. It would not be the only roster move of the day for the Tribe, as the club also placed reliever Tyler Olson on the disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.
Francisco Lindor had four extra base hits, including the deciding home run in the top of the eighth inning as the Cleveland Indians survived blowing an eight-run lead in a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins from Target Field on Thursday night.
The woes of the Tribe pitching staff continued in the series opener as the Twins came all the way back from an 8-0 deficit, but the Indians got a major contribution from one of the faces of the franchise, who capped an incredible month of May with one last Herculean performance.
The Indians make their first trip to the Twin Cities this season as the Minnesota Twins host Cleveland in a four-game weekend set.
The Indians (29-25) are riding a season-high tying five-game winning streak coming into the series with the Twins after sweeping the Chicago White Sox during the week and taking the final two games of last weekend’s series with the world champion Houston Astros. The Tribe will finish up the May slate of games in the series opener, closing out a month during which they led all of baseball in runs scored. After 27 games, they have scored 170 in the month, 28 more than the next closest club (Boston – 142). They hold a four-game lead over second place Detroit and a five and a half game lead over Minnesota.
The 2018 season has been very kind to Cleveland Indians’ minor league pitching prospect Shane Bieber and things are only getting better – he is going to have a most memorable 23rd birthday to boot.
Following the Indians’ 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, manager Terry Francona announced that the young right-hander would make his Major League debut on Thursday in a starting nod against the Minnesota Twins. On Tuesday afternoon, the International League announced that Bieber had been named its Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 21 and May 27.
With the way Shane Bieber is pitching this season, it might not be too unreasonable to think that he could find his way to the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster before the season is out. On Friday night, the impressive start to the professional career of the Indians’ 22-year-old pitching prospect continued when he threw a rain-shortened no-hitter in Gwinnett against the Stripers.
Bieber, who earlier in the week was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week after allowing just one run on eight hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks in 14 2/3 innings of two starts against Gwinnett and Charlotte, picked right back up where he left off in his fifth professional start at the Triple-A level for the Clippers. Making his first start since winning his third career pitcher of the week award (June of 2017 with High-A Lynchburg and April of this season with Double-A Akron), the Indians’ fourth round pick in the 2016 draft out of UC Santa Barbara faced the minimum against the Atlanta Braves’ top affiliate, initially doing battle with both the Stripers and Mother Nature before the latter chipped in with a big, but potentially unnecessary, save.
The historic outing may just earn him a second consecutive piece of hardware from the International League come Monday.
Anyone watching the Cleveland Indians minor league system over the last couple of seasons has heard about the work being done by one of the club’s top pitching prospects, Shane Bieber. His efforts have caught the attention of more than just the fans and employees of the Tribe organization.
The Columbus Clippers’ Bieber was named on Monday as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 14-20.
Last season, Shane Bieber proved that his nearly spotless record in his debut season in 2016 with the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers was no fluke, appearing at three different levels of the Indians organization while putting up strong numbers at each stop.
On Monday, the Akron right-hander was recognized by the Eastern League for his dominant start to the 2018 season when he was named its Pitcher of the Week for games played between April 5 and April 15.
Shane Bieber, a 6’3” right-hander, was a fourth round selection of the Cleveland Indians in 2016. Moving quickly up the organizational ladder, he is now an anchor for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats rotation. This season marks his fourth full year as a pitcher, making his accomplishments more impressive.
“I didn’t really become a pitcher until my freshman year in college,” said Bieber. “I wasn’t always great at it, I was something of a late bloomer.”
The third time was a charm in a different way for Lynchburg starting pitcher Shane Bieber this week. After making a third straight start and earning a third consecutive victory over the Frederick Keys on Thursday, June 22, the Hillcats right-hander took home the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday.
Making his ninth start for the Hillcats and his 14th overall this season, the 22-year-old dominated the Keys for a third outing in a row.